La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Vancouver - Gala Dinner

Fairmont Pacific Rim
Tasted Saturday, November 3, 2012 by godx with 434 views

Flight 1 - Chef’s canapés (1 Note)

Flight 2 - Pepita Crusted Scallops, Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Pumpkin, Uni Butter (1 Note)

  • 2008 Château Tour de Mirambeau 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Entre-Deux-Mers

    Smoky sauv blanc nose with aromas papaya, lemon with hints of toasty oak. Palate was quite similar in profile to the nose with papaya, lemon, smoke and toasty oak with great acidity and a fresh and tart citrus finish. Smooth texture with fresh and lively mouthfeel. This paired fantastically with the scallop course. Excellent.

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Flight 3 - Squab Breast with Foie Gras, Chestnut Polenta, Charred Cippolini, Natural Jus, and Perigord Truffles (2 Notes)

  • 1996 Château Pavie Macquin Flawed

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Corked.

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  • 1996 Château Pape Clément 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Pronounced nose right off the bat here with lots of charred oak, smoke, poop, lead pencil and dark red and black fruits. Just a really lovely nose. On the palate this had classic Bordeaux structure with a good amount of dusty tannins and solid acidity. Deep red fruit flavours with a fairly length smoky finish. A classy wine that’s approachable, but should continue to improve and develop for many years. Excellent. 91+

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Flight 4 - Albertan Sungold Rack of Lamb, Leek and Pork Belly Cassoulet (4 Notes)

  • 1989 Château Clerc Milon Flawed

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Corked.

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  • 1986 Château Léoville Barton Flawed

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Corked.

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  • 1989 Château Gruaud Larose 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Tasted blind – Nose came across as perhaps from a warmer year with mature red and black cherries, cedar and a slight green/leafy note. Great structure on the palate with firm tannins, lots of acidity and a warm red fruit finish. Despite the touch of warmer fruit, this was still fresh and quite youthful still. At first I thought this was an early to mid-80s left bank wine, but then towards the end started to think it was a mid-90s Pauillac. Drinking well now but there’s room for improvement over the next 3-5 years. Very good. 89+

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  • 1995 Château Léoville Barton

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    This is a hammer of a wine—big, structured, tight and backward. Very tannic with excellent acidity. The tannins were somewhat bitter and astringent. The wood needs to integrate further as well. This needs a lot of time. Judgement reserved at this point but if everything comes together should be a really nice wine.

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Flight 5 - Sticky Pudding with Apples, Dates, and Salted Hard Sauce (1 Note)

  • 2003 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes 85 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Medium golden colour. Big sweet nose, apricot, honey, sweet pineapple. Lower acid with sweet fruit on the palate. While still enjoyable, this is a rich, soft and plump wine that doesn’t have enough acidity or freshness for my tastes. Good.

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Flight 6 - After dinner wines (3 Notes)

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